R. Alexander Creighton

Professor of Orthopaedics

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Residency: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellowship (Sports Medicine): RUSH Medical College, Chicago, IL
 Selected Honors, Awards, and Recognitions
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • William C. Patton Award for Best Resident Teacher
 Clinical Interests
  • Sports medicine
  • Surgery of the shoulder and knee
 Academic Appointments
2004-2010 Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine
2010 - 2016 Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine
2016 - Present Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine
 Selected Publications (see complete list under PubMed) /Presentations
Journal Articles
  • Creighton RA, Romeo AA, Brown FM Jr, Hayden JK, Verma NN.  Revision arthroscopic shoulder instability repair.  Arthroscopy. 2007 Jul;23(7):703-9.
  • Bushnell BD, Whitener GB, Rubright JH, Creighton RA, Logel KJ, Wood ML.  The use of suture anchors to repair the ruptured quadriceps tendon.  J Orthop Trauma. 2007 Jul;21(6):407-13.
  • Creighton RA, Cole BJ, Romeo AA, Nicholson GP, Lorenz EP.  Effect of lateral meniscus allograft on shoulder articular contact areas and pressures.  J Shoulder Elbow Surg  2007 May-Jun;16(3):367-72.
  • Chappell JD, Giuliani C, Garrett WE, Yu B, Creighton RA.  Kinematics and emg of landing preparation in vertical stop-jump: risks of non-contact acl injury.  Am J Sports Med. 2007 Feb;35(2):235-41.
  • Creighton RA, Cole BJ.  Upper extremity deep vein thrombosis after shoulder arthroscopy: case report.  J Shoudler Elbow Surg 2007 Jan-Feb;16(1):e20-2.
  • Bushnell BD, Byram IR, Weinhold PS, Creighton RA.  The use of suture anchors in repair of the ruptured patellar tendon: a biomechanical study.  Am J Sports Med 2006;34:1492-1499.
  • Creighton RA, Bach BR Jr., Bush-Joseph CA.  Evaluation of the medial elbow in the throwing athlete.  American Journal of Orthopedics 2006;35:266-269.
  • Creighton RA, Kindler J, Bach BR Jr.  Compartment syndrome following recurrent ankle inversion injury.  Orthopaedics 2005;28:703-705.
  • Pearl ML, Romeo AA, Wirth MA, Yamaguchi K, Nicholson GP, Creighton RA.  Decision making in contemporary shoulder arthroplasty.  Instr Course Lect 2005;54:69-85.
  • Creighton RA.  Gender differences in anterior cruciate ligament injuries.  THEACC.com-Medical Sciences, October 2004.
  • Silver WP, Creighton RA, Triantafillopoulos IK, Devkota AC, Weinhold PS, Karas SG.  Thermal microdebridement does not affect the time zero biomechanical properties of human patellar tendons.  Am J Sports Med 2004;32:1946-1952.
  • Wakim EP, Creighton RA, Fox JA, Bach BR Jr.  Development of an extensive patellar osteophyte following acl reconstruction.  J Knee Surg 2004;17:172-174.
  • Karas SG, Creighton RA, DeMorat GJ.  Glenohumeral volume reduction in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction: a cadaveric analysis of suture placation and thermal capsulorrhaphy. Arthroscopy 2004;20:179-184.
  • Patellar Tendon Allograft for ACL Reconstruction.  Cole and Sekiya Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine, 1st edition, 2008.  Chandler JW, Creighton RA.
  • Revision of Loose Humeral Component.  Advanced Reconstruction Shoulder, 1st edition, 2007.  Romeo AA, Creighton RA, Gomoll AH.
  • Autologous Osteochondral Transplantation: Background, Surgical Indications, and Results.  Insall & Scott’s Surgery of the Knee, 4th edition, December 2005. Creighton RA, Cole BJ.
  • Knee Bracing for Athletic Injuries.  Insall and Scott’s Surgery of the Knee, 4th edition, December 2005.  Creighton RA, Bach BR Jr.
  • Arthrofibrosis: Evaluation, Prevention, and Treatment.  Techniques in Knee Surgery.  4(3):163-172, September, 2005.  Creighton RA, Bach BR Jr.
  • Basic Science of Ligament Healing: Medial Collateral Ligament Healing With and Without Treatment.  Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review.  13(3):145-150, September 2005.  Creighton RA, Spang JT, Dahners LE.
  • Histology, Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle.  Musculoskeletal Syllabus 2nd Year UNC medical school.  May 2005.  Creighton RA.
  • Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Patellar Tendon Allograft: Surgical Technique.  Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review.  13(1):38-45, March 2005.  Creighton RA, Bach BR Jr.
  • The bony apprehension test for shoulder instability.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, March 2008, San Francisco, CA. (poster)
  • Shoulder Instability Arthroscopic Set-up and Techniques.  Orthopaedic Learning Center (AAOS/ASES), April 2007, Rosemont, IL.
  • Suture Anchors in Patellar Tendon Repair
    • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Poster, July 2006, Hershey, PA
    •  Southern Orthopaedic Association, Podium, July 2006, Paradise Island, Bahamas
    •  North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, Podium, October 2005, Pinehurst, NC
  • Shoulder Instability Operative Indications. Orthopaedic Learning Center (AAOS/ASES), July 2006, Rosemont, IL
  • Sports Injuries in Children: Upper Limb. Medical Alumni Program-UNC Pediatrics, October 2006, Chapel Hill, NC. (podium)
  • Treatment of bony defects in shoulder instability.  North Carolina/South Carolina Orthopaedic Associations, Podium, October 2006, Asheville, NC.
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation in Young Patients.  North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, Podium, October 2005, Pinehurst, NC.
  • Arthroscopic Revision Shoulder Instability Repair:  Minimum 2 year follow-up. Arthroscopy Association of North America, Podium, May 2005, Vancouver, BC.